Bergenfest music festival day 2 – 2016

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Day two was “Wilco day”.

One of the best bands in the world definitely. And when Tweedy is in a good mood, as he was yesterday, Wilco delivers.

Wilco @ “plenen”, Bergenfest 2016

Wonderful concert.

I hoped for “Impossible Germany” or “Spiders”, and we got both! Wilco´s performance was outstanding.

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Bergenfest Music Festival Day 1 – June 16, 2016

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Lovely start yesterday @ Bergenfest 2016.

The first concert this year was Israel Nash, and what a start! Wonderful stuff, will be hard to top even for Wilco later today.

Israel Nash and his formidable band had been given the difficult task of opening Bergenfest music festival this year. The concert was set at four o’clock in the afternoon, it was warm and humid and people were slowly seeping into the festival area. A hard job for any band, but Israel Nash managed it without any problems. In fact he and his band gave us the best show of the first day at the festival. Great sound, good songs, a tight band and a happy audience.

OK, it’s a bit like a mix of David Crosby,Neil Young and Jonathan Wilson, unashamedly indebted to the cosmic side of American music, but how can that be a bad thing? We loved it!

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The guitars swelled over us in waves and the California sound washed away all our doubts and fears of the future of music. Hell yes, we loved it!


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The Legendary Music Man – Lincoln Wayne “Chips” Moman passed away June 13 – R.I.P.

R.I.P. Chips Moman

Grammy-winning songwriter, producer and guitarist Lincoln Wayne “Chips” Moman, who wrote and produced hits for Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, B.J. Thomas, Dusty Springfield and many others, died at a hospice facility in his hometown of LaGrange, Georgia, on Monday, one day after his 79th birthday.

One of the most important characters in the Memphis music scene in the 60’s. Chips Moman helped start Stax Records, then American Sound Studios, which cut 122 chart hits from 1967 to 1972 — an unparalleled achievement.

Lincoln Wayne “Chips” Moman (June 12, 1937 – June 13, 2016) was an American record producer, guitarist, and songwriter. As a record producer, Moman was known for recording Elvis Presley, Bobby Womack, Carla Thomas, and Merrilee Rush, as well as guiding the career of the Box Tops in Memphis, Tennessee, during the 1960s. As a songwriter, he was responsible for standards associated with Aretha Franklin, James Carr, Waylon Jennings, and B. J. Thomas. He was asession guitarist for Franklin and other musicians.

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June 14: The Grateful Dead released “Workingman’s Dead” in 1970


June 14:  The Grateful Dead released “Workingman’s Dead” in 1970

Workingman’s Dead, in part inspired by the rustic soul of the Band, ranks as the Dead’s studio masterpiece, followed closely by American Beauty. The focus is on the songs, rather than the jams, and these would provide the focal point of an era, spanning 1969–74, when the Dead played some of the most remarkable concerts in American history, virtually every one available in some incarnation thanks to the band’s dedicated tapers.

Uncle John’s Band:

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Watch: Van Morrison @ The Tube – C4 TV, Tyne Tees TV Studios, Newcastle in 1985

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In March [1985] Van appeared on The Tube, that cauldron of live Rock from Newcastle, and gave his all for three songs from the new album [A Sense of Wonder], in blue woolly pullover and truculent air, filmed from below and playing a big sparkling guitar. His tour band played their socks off, and Van shared lead duties with Arty McGlynn.
-Brian Hinton (Celtic Crossroads)

The Tube – C4 TV,
Tyne Tees TV Studios
Newcastle upon Tyne
March 29, 1985

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Van Morrison: Exile, Place & Eternal Movement – Part.1

This post is inspired by a chapter in Peter Mills great book Hymns to the Silence: Inside the Words and Music of Van Morrison.

Some of the musicians I was working with very early on were very good, but they didn’t want to leave home, so they didn’t go any further…. but I did [want to leave home] or I felt like I had to
~Van Morrison


Wikipedia: Exile means to be away from one’s home (i.e. city, state or country), while either being explicitly refused permission to return and/or being threatened with imprisonment or death upon return. It can be a form of punishment and solitude.

Exile i a key theme in Morrison’s work & he also named his recording company ‘Exile’.

His foremost song about exile has to be “Too Long in Exile” – the title cut from his 1993 double album.

Robert Christgau – review of the album:
You know, exile — like Joyce and Shaw and Wilde and, oh yeah, Alex Haley. All on account of those “Bigtime Operators” who bugged his phone back when he was green. Now getting on to grizzled, he seeks guidance from the kas of Doc Pomus and King Pleasure and “The Lonesome Road,” an unutterably sad spiritual recast as an upbeat vibraphone feature. And especially, on three cuts, his old soulmate John Lee Hooker, who doesn’t come close to sounding overexposed on Them’s “Gloria” and Sonny Boy’s “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” and something new by Van called “Wasted Years,” about how the dumb stuff is behind them now. I don’t know about Hook, but Van’s just jiving–when he wanders “In the Forest,” it’s never a safe bet that he’ll get out. A-

 last part of the lyrics:

Too long in exile
You can never go back home again
Too long in exile
You’re about to drive me just insane

Too long in exile, been too long in exile
Just like James Joyce, baby
Too long in exile
Just like Samuel Beckett baby
Too long in exile
Just like Oscar Wilde
Too long in exile
Just like George Best, baby
Too long in exile
Just like Alex Higgins, baby

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